Blatter to discuss bid to bar Israel

Sepp-blatterFIFA president Sepp Blatter is to meet the Palestinian football chief to discuss the latter’s request that Israel be barred from international competition, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) said Saturday.

A PFA statement said Blatter would meet Jibril Rajoub ahead of the world governing body’s next congress in Cairo in late May, but did not give a date for the talks.

The Palestinians want Israel suspended because of their “racist behaviour against Arabs”, with the statement claiming that Blatter had recently contacted Rajoub and assured him that “serious discussions were under way for the Palestinian draft resolution to be submitted to a vote at the next congress in May”.

The PFA last called for Israel’s suspension in November after Israeli forces raided its headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

It has also cried foul over Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian players.

To be passed the Palestinian resolution must win the support of at least 156 other delegates at the 209-member congress.

— AFP

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